How to Make Spicy Tava Idli/Idli Recipes

Updated on November 24, 2017
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Spicy Tava Idli

Hot and Spicy Tava Idli

Idlis are popular Indian breakfast dish. Now, they have gained popularity in the whole world. They are healthy and delicious. We regularly make idlis.

Even though they are tasty and nutritious, sometimes we get bored of eating the same old version. Regular idlis are bland. They need a spicy condiment or accompaniment like chutney, sambar, or sauce to eat with.

When we are short on time, making two items as a combo becomes often difficult. In such case, tava idli is a perfect choice. This snack is hot and spicy. You don't need any side dish for this. This tastes completely different from the regular idlis. Making this dish is easy.

It is also a way to use up your left over idlis.

I will share the spicy tava idli recipe with you.

5 stars for Spicy Tava Idli

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves two people

Ingredients

  • 6-8 idlis, chopped bite-size
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp pav bhaji masala, available in Indian stores
  • 2 pinches turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp white lentils/urad dal
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Spicy Tava Idli

  1. Chop idlis in bite-sized pieces. You can also use left over idlis for this. Refrigerating the idlis for some time makes them firm, so that you can cut them properly.
  2. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan or wok. Add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Throw in white lentils. Saute them for 30 seconds.
  3. Add finely chopped or grated ginger, finely chopped onions, and turmeric powder.
  4. Saute together till onions turn translucent. Throw in chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook them till they become mushy. Now, the oil starts separating near the edges.
  5. Add red chili powder and pav bhaji masala. Saute for 30 seconds on low heat. Add a few drops of water. Keep the mix wet.
  6. Add some salt. Remember that idlis already have salt. Hence, use less salt.
  7. Throw in the chopped idlis. Add lemon juice. Toss them till all the idli cubes are coated with the spicy masala.
  8. Add finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the stove.
  9. Serve it hot in a bowl, garnished with finely chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy eating this hot and spicy tava idli.

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Step one: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan or wok. Throw in mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add white lentils. Saute for 30 seconds. Throw in grated ginger, chopped onions, and turmeric powder.Step two: Saute them till onions turn translucent.Step three: Add chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook them till they become mushy. Step four: Add very little salt, as idlis already have salt in them.Step five: Add red chili powder and pav bhaji masala powder. Saute for 30 seconds.Step six: Now the mix starts oozing oil on the edges. Add a few drops of water to keep it wet. Mix well.Step seven: Add chopped idlis. Toss the contents, so that the spicy masala coats evenly on the idli pieces. Add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.Serve spicy tava idli in a serving bowl or plate. Garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy eating!
Step one: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan or wok. Throw in mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add white lentils. Saute for 30 seconds. Throw in grated ginger, chopped onions, and turmeric powder.
Step one: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan or wok. Throw in mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add white lentils. Saute for 30 seconds. Throw in grated ginger, chopped onions, and turmeric powder.
Step two: Saute them till onions turn translucent.
Step two: Saute them till onions turn translucent.
Step three: Add chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook them till they become mushy.
Step three: Add chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook them till they become mushy.
Step four: Add very little salt, as idlis already have salt in them.
Step four: Add very little salt, as idlis already have salt in them.
Step five: Add red chili powder and pav bhaji masala powder. Saute for 30 seconds.
Step five: Add red chili powder and pav bhaji masala powder. Saute for 30 seconds.
Step six: Now the mix starts oozing oil on the edges. Add a few drops of water to keep it wet. Mix well.
Step six: Now the mix starts oozing oil on the edges. Add a few drops of water to keep it wet. Mix well.
Step seven: Add chopped idlis. Toss the contents, so that the spicy masala coats evenly on the idli pieces. Add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.
Step seven: Add chopped idlis. Toss the contents, so that the spicy masala coats evenly on the idli pieces. Add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.
Serve spicy tava idli in a serving bowl or plate. Garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy eating!
Serve spicy tava idli in a serving bowl or plate. Garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy eating!

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